Large Startling

by Former Ruins

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about

Recording for this debut album began in December 2018, a month after I moved my family on the winds of prayer from Delaware to Eastern Indiana. We settled in Muncie, began renting a small house, and in a blessedly-dry corner of our basement, I began my work. While children slept upstairs and in the margins of our time after the workday, these songs took shape. I partnered with Jon Class to mix the debut single Cars of Our Youth in July 2019. Now it's time for the full collection to surface.

This album was backed on Kickstarter in December 2019 by a group of very generous friends, family, and new listeners. Without their help, it wouldn't have existed in this form, and I'm humbled to offer back this album to those who threw their support behind my wife and myself.

This album is about doubt, mercy, and wonder. Songs about marriage, child-raising, and precious things interweave with protestations against discontentment and the narrow representation of religious faith. It's by turns fiery, confessional, and insecure. It's autobiographical, but I do hope that you find in it something worth hearing.

Thanks to Flannery O'Connor for inspiring the album title.

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released March 13, 2020

© & ℗ 2020 Levi Dylan Sikes (ASCAP) / Slow Embrace Records (ASCAP)
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Written, performed, and recorded by Former Ruins in Muncie, IN
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 mixed by Jon Class at The Varsity Recording Co., Anderson, IN
Track 5 mixed by Chris Bethea
Mastered by Alex Dobbert

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Former Ruins Muncie, Indiana

Post-cynical
folk rock songs for beleaguered believers
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Debut EP 'Large Startling' coming 3/13/20

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Track Name: Flannelgraph
Cross-references to defend
Reverend's answers in genesis
First you read Velvet Elvis, then some Bart Ehrman
No one ever sounded so intelligent

Now dress him up in flannelgraph to model metaphysics
Roasted at the table of sophisticates
He's the dead tongue Latin mass, the church plant that doesn't last
He's whatever you want to dismiss

I want to get angry, but I cannot

We were all true believers
All my friends, we used to skate
Little WWJDers
All our bands broke up and so did childlike faith

Shelter in the branches of
That Bazan album you love
You said it dealt with doubt so honestly
Babe, I didn't doubt your sincerity

But it planted an image in your brain
With just a little poetic turn of phrase
About misbehaving and magic trees
At seventeen you're deconstructing

We were all true believers
All my friends, we used to skate
Little WWJDers
All our bands broke up and so did childlike faith

But something said in Gethsemane
It's never left me
It's something I haven't found easy to shake

When I was caught in adultery
I saw him drawing me into
A large startling figure 8

But from a far-off distance, they can size up
And crush us between two fingers
That's just how it feels

But you're flashing like fire
For the half-blind and beleaguered
You're a large startling figure
Track Name: Chaplain
I'm not gonna be your chaplain any longer
To whatever it is you think I think
About God or whatever
But I am a small fish in great big water
How can I exist outside my relativistic culture
When it's within me, it's without me
without you and all those bands we listened to
Who fought tooth and nail to suspend our disbelief

So where are you gonna go with those big questions on your brain
Where are you gonna go when the wanderlust runs the length of your vein You may think you're leaving nothing but your thin belief behind

But there's more than one way to hang a narrow frame, babe
And there's more than one way to take the name in vain, this is know
There's more than one way to hang a narrow frame
Around, around the mind

I'm not gonna be your little precious moment lamb
Your hashtag blessed, yellow-pressed, gaslit yes man
I wanna be the stigmata marks for you to touch with sticky fingers, son
I'll be waiting for your call, we can talk all about old Sufjan Stevens songs

And what we all had right and wrong back then,
at prayer meetings in our parents' basements, when
We were naive, when we were sincere,
It's so easy to believe that we were just faking it

But there's more than one way to hang a narrow frame, babe
And there's more than one way to take the name in vain, this I know
There's more than one way to throw your body at the flames
Toward Gehenna or streets of gold
There's more than one to way to invite a life of pain
Spit out or eat the bitter scroll
There's more than one way to hang a narrow frame
Around, around the mind

The strife of tongues
And strutting thighs
Clickbait bitrate
Catechize
The minds of old and young
Flee from the wrath to come
Kyrie eleison

Invisible chatroom and the DRC
Dot-com boom of human trafficking
With bodies on the web
Our hidden sins entangle everyone
Kyrie eleison

Red letter left
leaning type or
Red heifers for
End times sacrifice
The plain reading of the text
We cannot agree upon
Kyrie eleison

I'm not gonna be your chaplain any longer
I have skin in the game
And blood on the altar

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